Ms. Simakovsky emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1976. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 with a degree in International Studies. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University in 1998 and was admitted to the Washington State Bar.
Ms. Simakovsky practiced law in Washington state in California until 2004 when she returned to Columbus, Ohio.
From 2004 through 2007, Ms. Simakovsky supervised the largest non-profit immigration services provider in Columbus. Under her direction, the department increased its funding through local and national grants as well as private funding and implemented a law student internship program that included ten law students in the summer of 2006. Ms. Simakovsky also started immigration programs at the Economic and Community Development Institute in Columbus, Ohio and Asian Services in Action in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Simakovsky was of counsel with Peterson, Ellis, Fergus and Peer from 2007 through 2011, practicing solely in the area of immigration law.
Ms. Simakovsky is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the U.S. located in New York. She is also a past member of the advisory board of Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), a national immigrant advocacy organization located in Washington D.C. Locally, Ms. Simakovsky is a past member of the Ohio Literacy Network and is often a speaker on immigration topics across Central Ohio.
Ms.Simakovsky is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Washington State Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice before all federal immigration courts and before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Simakovsky represents clients before Immigration, the asylum office, and in Immigration Court. Her immigration practice focuses on all areas of immigration including family based, removal and business immigration.
Ms. Simakovsky is currently very involved with immigrant communities in the Central Ohio area and resides in Bexley, Ohio with her husband and three sons.